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Chino Valley pool remains closed
Summer programs scheduled to begin on Monday

Chino Valley Aquatics Center Manager David Jaime stands in front of the broken heater that has delayed the opening of the town's pool. Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees in Chino Valley this weekend.
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Chino Valley Aquatics Center Manager David Jaime stands in front of the broken heater that has delayed the opening of the town's pool. Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees in Chino Valley this weekend.

Temperatures are expected to soar to 103 degrees this weekend in Chino Valley. The town’s Aquatics Center, which has a nice large pool that could offer residents an escape from the heat, remains closed through at least Monday, June 6 because its heater is broken.

Really, Aquatics Center Manager David Jaime? The heater? Really?

“I know it doesn’t sound right,” Jaime said Friday, June 3, one week after the pool was scheduled to open. “We operate in a range of between 80-to-83, 84 degrees, which is considered to be the range for healthy, comfortable water temperature.

“When it drops below that, it’s not a good thing.”

Jaime said that the town is in a no-win situation. If they remain closed, residents will be upset. If they open, then those same residents will likely complain that the water is too cold.

The pool was scheduled to open on Friday, May 27. The heater broke on Thursday, May 26.

“As we were preparing to open, the heater just went out,” Jaime said. “It’s been functioning fine, it’s been serviced regularly, it’s just one of those things.”

The heater is the size of a small car, so replacing it is not as simple as some might thing. Jaime says the parts needed to repair it are in route from the East Coast. He’s hoping they will arrive this weekend and they can fix the heater and open on Monday, in time for the start of their summer programs.

The Aquatics Center has fitness programs for adults and swim lessons for children during the summer.

Jaime said that employees of the Aquatics Center are not getting paid while it’s closed, so it is a hardship on them.

“We do have some that are undergoing training down at the YMCA, so they’re getting paid. But everyone else, no, they’re not working.”

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